San Jose

The best source for theater, dance, film, and arts information is the "Viva" entertainment section of the Spanish-language daily La Nación. The paper also publishes the "Tiempo Libre" section each Friday, highlighting what's going on over the weekend. GAM Cultural, a free monthly flyer found in many upscale hotels and restaurants, publishes features about what's going on around town. Listings in both publications are in Spanish but are easy to decipher. The website of the English-language The Tico Times ( lists many events of interest to visitors and the expat community.

Unfortunately, arts offerings in the city are nearly nonexistent during the high-season weeks from mid-December through early February. That's school vacation time.

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  • 1. Centro Nacional de la Cultura

    Barrio Otoya | Music

    There are frequent dance performances and concerts in the Teatro FANAL and Teatro 1887, both in the Centro Nacional de la Cultura. ...Read More

  • 2. Eugene O'Neill Theater

    Barrio Dent | Music

    This theater has chamber concerts and plays most weekend evenings. The cultural center is a great place to meet North American expatriates. ...Read More

  • 3. Teatro Nacional

    Barrio La Soledad | Music

    This baroque theater is the home of the excellent National Symphony Orchestra, which performs on several Friday evenings and Sunday mornings...Read More

  • 4. Teatro Popular Melico Salazar

    Barrio La Merced | Music

    San José's second-most-popular theater has a full calendar of music and dance shows, as well as a few offbeat productions. There is always something...Read More

  • 5. Little Theatre Group

    Paseo Colón | Music

    Since 1949, the Little Theatre Group has presented English-language community-theater productions several times a year at the near-west-side...Read More

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